blondie’s new album will feature songs by sia, charli xcx, and possibly kanye west

The legendary band is back in the studio with a heavy hitting roster of songwriters.

by Emily Manning
06 May 2016, 9:05pm

In December, Blondie's debut self-titled album turns 40 years old. While we're sure the iconic New York band will be doing some reminiscing about the CBGB days, they've also got a new album in the pipeline to celebrate. And according to guitarist Chris Stein, they've recruited some seriously exciting songwriters for it that span far outside the group's punk rock roots, from from cyber pop to hip-hop.

Stein appeared on Charli's The Candy Shop Beats 1 radio show to discuss the album, which he says is finished save Debbie Harry's vocals. Charli herself submitted two songs, while Strokes and Smiths guitarists Albert Hammond Jr. and Johnny Marr also have hands in the project. Harry called Sia's contribution "amazing," adding that "it's got an amazing chorus, she's known for her amazing choruses."

Harry also suggested that she'd like to add rappers to the mix, citing Ludacris and Kanye as dream features. "We had a phone conversation with Kanye, Debbie's met him once or twice, and he's so nice. I went into it not knowing what to expect because of all the stuff you know, but he was great. He was very humble and nice, I like what he does," said Stein.

We're not sure what other surprises to expect from the group's 11th studio album, but you can tune in to The Candy Shop when it airs on Apple Music at 8pm GMT. 


Text Emily Manning
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